Phosphenes is an interactive performance program created in processing for a live performance with Lucky Dragon's song "What You See Is What You Mean".
My initial vision was inspired by a Merry-go-round, due to the music’s cyclic rising and dropping of tones, and sun rays piercing coral reefs due to the ambient and calm sounds of the music. The final product incorporated other visual elements inspired by phosphenes, fireworks, and bioluminescence. Artistic influences also include James Turrell, Robert Hodgin, and 1960s light artists’ works.
For the performance, this piece was controlled wirelessly through an iPad mini tablet equipped with TouchOSC. Controls available for control where the colors and opacity of the background gradient, and opacity of glowing orbs, which ultimately affected the length and intensity of the trail. Two separate modes also could be toggled from the iPad, the first one inverting the blending mode to “subtractive” which provided the aesthetic of fireworks, while the second mode toggled a central point of gravitation for particles to circle around. Other than that, I also had volume controls built in for fine adjustments, and a start button to begin the song and visuals remotely.
Medium: Visual/Audio performance, made with Processing
Made in Casey Reas' "Live Cinema through Creative Coding" Class, Fall 2013